20 patch

Today I have another older quilt that I finally finished up! I made this one last December, so definitely not the oldest unfinished quilt in my closet.

I decided to finish it after finding a large cut of fabric that I thought would work for backing. Additionally, I thought it would be a perfect one to try out another quilting design from Jacquie’s book, Walk.

I decided to use this Stem design, which I love. I’ve quilted other quilts using this design in the past, though only as a free motion design. Here’s a quilt I made years ago using a similar quilting design. You can see that quilting this one the way I did gives you a vertical line connecting the petals.

This time I followed Jacquie’s instructions to quilt it using my walking foot, which results in a similar design but without the vertical lines (of course you could easily add the lines at the end if you prefer that look). It’s kind of a toss up as to which was easier to quilt – with the free motion foot it’s easier to maneuver the quilt, but often I find that my stitches aren’t as even as I’d like. It was harder to maneuver a quilt this size using my walking foot, especially when I reached the center of the quilt, but I loved that this design was possible without having to switch to the free motion foot (yes, call me lazy!)

I still don’t know if a 20 patch block is a thing, but I sure like it! I always love pairing fabrics, and it was fun to pull random pieces from my stash and see them all together in this colorful quilt.

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17 Responses to 20 patch

  1. 1
    Mary Van Kleeck says:

    I love it!!!

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    Jacqui says:

    I love the design and the quilting! I may need to get that book!

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    Laura says:

    I have Jacquie’s Walk book and am taking her walking-foot quilting class at QuiltCon in February. I look forward to learning how to do this and other fun techniques! Love both your quilt top and the quilting.

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    Mary Ann Scanlon says:

    Thanks for the feedback on the book. I have been hesitating because I am not good at free motion but you just get tired of everything in matchsticks or a grid! And my favorite quilt is always one full of print and color, this is very fun.

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    Susan says:

    Really nice quilt!

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    Jacqueline says:

    Gorgeous quilt top – and stunning quilting!!
    I love the backing fabric, too… do you mind sharing what fabric it is, or where you purchased it?

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    Jean says:

    Yes! Definitely a 20 patch block is real! And just look how wonderful it is! You rock, Ashley!

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    Terry says:

    These quilts are just what I wanted to try with the WALK BOOK – anxious to get started. Where did you photograph the quilt? I’m from Chicago also and the area looks familiar . . . .

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    Cindy Beal says:

    Oh I just love this!!!!! Getting ready to cut some for a 36 block (squares) just to lighten the stash, but this is SO much more interesting!!!!!
    It will now be a 20 patch!!!! Perfect timing! Love your colors! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lynne Tilley says:

    Your quilt is just gorgeous! All those different distinct colors. Such a great design!

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    joyce Jefferson says:

    I just love that 20 patch quilt
    I am going to make one….hopefully as good as yours
    Joyce Jefferson ..UK.

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    Rosemary B says:

    This is superb!!!, Ashley, amazingly inspiring

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    Pat S says:

    Great looking quilt and that backing is perfect.

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    Kaholly says:

    It’s precious! I like your little photo shoot,Motorola!

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    Dani Redmon says:

    What a lovely quilt! Love the layout and the colors…it inspires me to try it myself! Just beautiful!

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